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Copyright: Lawhill Russo (lawhill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 2 N: 565] (2054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-09 23:32
Viewed: 3035
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this Sparkling violet ear Hummingbird in an aviary park, at north of Fort Lauderdale. It is a photographer Dream come true, they are in a huge building with screening roof and you walking throughout. They have more the 100 different species
of butterfly and birds from the all world.

The hummingbird is a small bird with a long, thin beak. This elongated beak is one of the defining characteristics of the hummingbird, which, with an extendable, bifurcated tongue, has evolved in order to allow the bird to feed upon nectar deep within flowers.

Hummingbirds vary in size. The smallest hummingbird, the bee hummingbird, weighs less than 2 g, while giant hummingbirds weigh 19 to 21 g. Most species, however, weigh 2.5 to 6.5 g and are 6 to 12 cm in length. Hummingbirds bear the most glittering plumage in the bird world. They display sexual dimorphism, as male hummingbirds are usually more brightly coloured, while females of most species display more cryptic coloration.[2] Most males have iridescent plumage, in metallic red, orange, green and/or blue. Some have only an iridescent throat patch or cap, while others, such as the Coppery-headed Emerald are entirely iridesc.
sourse Wikipedia.

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Lovely shot!! Like the detail on the feathers .. colour sat, DOF, POV. Interesting BG.


great focus nice colors good pose nice DOF. colors seem just a little bit harsh , did you use a flash?

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-10 1:52]

Hi Lawhill,
A splendid portrait of this hummingbird. Brilliant mettalic colours and immaculate sharpness. Perfect lighting and fine focus. Excellent POV, DOF and BG. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Lawhill,
woooow - this bird is marvelous.
I love the blue metallic parts and the beautiful pose.
Excellent sharpness, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Lawhill,
Excellent capture with great details and colors of this tiny little bird. Great timing too because to my knowledge these are very busy birds. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-10 3:58]

Very sharp photo with beautiful colours and light. Good pose, BG, DOF and focus. Nice composition.

Ah another rare hummingbird. I love them and this is among the most colorful I have seen posted. You are a true nature photographer my friend. I shall place this on my list of loved pictures.

Bob Pacific NW Wilderness

Amazing photo...Beautiful clarity, color and detail...Very well done mi amigo...TFS

This is a well composed shot Lawhill,

it's nice to see onw still!
Beautifully saturated colours. Lovely details.


WOW!!! That's awesome! Now I"m inspired to sit outside with my tripod some more this morning. ha ha
Perfect color, perfect composition, perfect sharpness...great stuff!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-10 9:16]

Hi Lawhill,
It is indeed sparkling with colours!! Superb capture of this beautiful little bird all in focus. Typical pose with its beak up! Excellent sharp details and a very nice composition. It wouldn't be easy to get a shot like this in the wild!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-10 10:12]

Buenas Tardes Lawhill,
bella captura,
nitidez y pov. preciosos,
los colores son realmente maravillosos,
saludos TFS

Hello Lawhill,
Wonderful shot of this Hummingbird,
Perfect details and use of flash,
Great colors and lighting,Superb shot.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-10 11:16]

Hi Lawhill,

I love this! It looks more like a watercolor painting than a photo. This excellent close-up of the hummingbird has wonderful colors and details. Fantastic pose and beautiful background.


Hello Lawhill , excellent bright colors , well exposured and composed photo , TFS and good luck.

What a cute little Hummingbird, Lawhill!
The colors on this bird are truly remarkable.
A well composed shot.
Thanks for sharing the image and regards.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-10 13:08]

selam lawhill; wow excellent shot of this bird,good details presented , nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-06-10 17:00]

Wow, what a beautiful bird! This is a very good composition and the birds pose is just perfect! The colours in both BG and on the bird is just amazing. And you even got a small sparkle in the eye...

Regards/Bengt Falke

Ouupps, out of happy green faces... I will bring you one tomorrow.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-10 17:02]

Hi Lawhill. This is a very good shot indeed. the colours are amazing. very fine detail and sharp focus. a nice POV. well framed to set it all of so well. TFS very well done.

Hello Lawhill,
What a great specie and capture this is! Its feathers colors are amazing. I like the pose of the bird as it looks so proud, this great exposure and amazing details. This is very nice. Thanks,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-10 20:03]

Exposure is perfect and it really allows this hummingbird to show off it's beautiful metallic colors. The focus is very crisp giving nice texture in the feathers. I really like the pose of bird, the composition, the amazing background and DOF. The frame is just right and that's a cool signature.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-11 9:36]

Hi Lawhill
Very nice capture.Sharp image with very nice colors.I like your composition and also that nice blur BG.
TFS Michel

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-11 17:42]

Hi Lawhill

What a beautiful capture of the lovely Hummingbird, nicely composed with a great pose and POV, nice sharp detail and a great DOF, the metalic colours are lovely and are nicely complimented by the pastel green BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-11 23:28]

Hello Lawhill

Super colours and details in the plumage.The POV and DOF are well done.An overall beautiful photo.TFS


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-14 3:30]

Hi Lawhill,
What a beautiful species. Colors are stunning. Focus, sharpness, composition and the use of flash is very good. Bravo and TFS

Hi Lawhill,
What a nice lovely colors. Focus and details excellent. Nicely composed. POV and DOF great. thanks. well done

This is one beauty and you have captured it very well! great focus, BG, POV, comp, and color. Well done!

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